Lotus Elan

Lotus 5 speed shifter

PostPost by: mbell » Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:49 pm

Again I'd appreciate that Vince. My current ball is still currently serviceable but is going to fully disintegrate at some point. So would be good to be able to get a replacement ahead of it's complete failure.

Stick replacement options are pretty limited on this side of the pond...
'73 +2 130/5 RHD, now on the road and very slowly rolling though a "restoration"
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:12 pm

I've just drained the gearbox oil and it is as black as pitch. There is very little actual plastic bits in the oil still recognisable as such.

Presumably A/ the oil has not been changed in quite a while. B/ It has been coloured by the disintegrating plastic (again over quite a while!)

I'll flush it out with some more oil and see how much more comes out.

Hopefully just letting it run for 10 minutes in neutral should splash it round enough. I filled the box through the gear lever housing, another advantage of having it easily detachable.

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